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Learning Assistance Program (LAP)

Welcome to the Learning Assistance Program. The office provides support and access to students with all types of disabilities. If you have any questions about services, eligibility, or how the LAP team works with students and faculty, please connect with us. 

Zoom with LAP staff

FINALS 2021: The chat link will not be available from May 13-May 19 for finals. However, please call or email the LAP office with any questions or to make an appointment. 

L.A.P. staff are available to you to chat, to answer questions, and to help you find resources.

When:  Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 1:30-3:30 p.m., 4:30-6 p.m. and Fridays: 9-11 a.m. 

As always, you can call the office at 805-862-3290 ext. 3274 to make an appointment. 

LAP counselors and specialists are also available online for drop ins. You can chat with your counselor/specialist in Cranium Cafe on the days and times below. If you prefer, you can also do drop-ins via phone. 

LAP in Cranium Cafe


Kerry Runkle

Monday: 9-10 a.m. & 1-2 p.m.
Tuesday: 11a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesday: 2-3 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Friday: 9:30-10:30 a.m. & 12:30-1:30 p.m.


Lala Karapetian

Monday to Friday: 
9-10 a.m. & 12-1 p.m.


Lisa Marsalek

Monday: 12.-1 p.m.
Tuesday: 1-3 p.m.
Wednesday: 1-3 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Friday: 10-11 a.m.


Linda Kelly

Monday to Friday:
10-11 a.m.

We are committed to continue to offer excellent services while also protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community.  We thank you and appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we navigate through these challenging times.  Please stay healthy!

For scheduled appointments, Counselors are available via telephone and/or video-conferencing. 

Call 805-862-3290 ext. 3274 for Santa Maria LAP or ext. 5274 for Lompoc LAP to schedule your preferred method of appointment. Please have your H# ready.  

You can click on the "LAP Online" button above to video chat with your counselor or specialist. Click on the Knock on Door button to enter the counselor's lobby for a video meeting.

You can also call 805-922-6966 with the extension listed below. If you do not get an answer, please leave a voice mail. Feel free to call the office at the extension 3274 or 5274  if you have any difficulty.

Kerry Runkle ext.3504

Linda Kelly ext.5214

Lala Karapetian ext. 3503

Lisa Marsalek ext. 3506

Jackie Widle ext. 3289

Nancy Hernandez ext. 3788

Sarah Easton ext. 3670

Sarah Van Winkle ext. 3295

Weston Guerra ext. 5275

If you are eligible for test accommodations, and have not requested it for this semester, please contact the office using the methods above to make an appointment with your counselor.

You can request your testing accommodations to be sent to your instructors in the AIM online system. You can also make an appointment for testing with the LAP testing center in AIM, or by contacting the office. 

If you are already approved for testing accommodations, you do not need to do anything else to continue receiving those accommodations, even in an online classroom. You may want to send an email reminder to your instructor that you have been approved for accommodations, so they can contact our office for assistance if needed.

If you are using interpreter or captioning services for instruction, those services will continue to be offered in online courses. If you have any questions, please contact Julia Townsend at or by video phone at 805-266-7874

If you are currently using note taking as an accommodation, you can continue to do so in any online classes that has live lecture or pre-recorded lecture. The LAP office will be working with note takers to establish how notes will be transferred to students. 

If you are utilizing e-text or any assistive hardware/software this term and need assistance, please contact Sarah Easton.

Freedom Scientific has offered FREE license use for ZoomText, JAWS (used by students who are visually impaired), and Fusion (a screen reader) for anyone through June 30, 2020. To activate your license, go to

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Yes! You can get a voter registration form in the LAP office, or you can go to California's online voter registration link. 

The LAP team can help you with:

  • Accommodations
  • Developing a Comprehensive Student Education Plan
  • Transfer planning
  • Career planning
  • Campus and community referrals
  • Student success strategies
  • Probation counseling


Santa Maria
Building A, Room A304
1-805-922-6966 Ext. 3274
Fax: 805-922-3556
Video Phone: 805-266-7874

Building 1, Room 102N
805-735-3366  ext. 5274


Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.